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Aims and Scope

Our primary aim at Police Practice & Research is to present current and innovative police research with a focus on informing policing policy, programs and/or practice around the globe. We welcome qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological studies from academic researchers and police practitioners alike, and strongly encourage research submissions from practitioner-academic partnerships. We also welcome rigorous systematic reviews of police strategies, technologies, and innovations that have implications for police policy and practice.

From September 1, 2021, we will require manuscripts to meet 3 key criteria we see as supporting our objectives:

* a clear statement of the policy, practice and/or program implications of the research presented - this content should be included in both the abstract and discussion sections of a paper.


* consideration for the global scope of our audience - we not only welcome papers from around the globe, but particularly those that can tie local or regional issues to the larger world.


* evidence of a rigorous methodological approach - all papers should be transparent in the methods used, from data collection to analysis. Ideally, we hope papers published in PPR can be replicated or reproduced based on the methods used.

PPR ensures that all articles and rapid communications published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial screening by the editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, double-blind peer review by independent, expert referees. Book reviews are subject to review by the editorial team but are not independently peer reviewed. 

Hot off the press

Here you can find links to articles in our latest issue

Why geographic information systems in spatiotemporal crime analysis? 

This study explores Kenyan officers views on converting from manual crime mapping techniques to the use of GIS systems.

Building trust in digital policing

Researchers systematically scoped 240 online citizen-police & relevant third-party apps. From their analysis, they suggest 12 design considerations to help ensure the development of high quality/fit for purpose apps.

Effective communication during major crises

This paper presents findings from a systematic  review on the effective communication by emergency personnel during major crises to identify lessons learned from other disciplines.

Motivations for a career in policing

This study aimed to evaluate the dimensionality of motivations to become a police officer; assess sex, race, and ethnicity differences in motives; and analyze the relationship between motivations, job satisfaction, and career outlook.

We are watching them as they post

This study draws on the results of 45 in-depth interviews of Kenyan police officers to reveal their use of social media for surveillance and intelligence gathering, community engagement, and image making. 

The impact of a hot spot policing program in Montevideo, Uruguay

The study indicates that hot spot policing programs can be effective in reducing crime in Latin American cities & illustrates how targeted police interventions can be  evaluated.